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This week’s Community News.


Derek Coultherd

At Austwick Church on Christmas Eve there will be a Crib Service at 4pm and Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day a United Family Communion will be held at Eldroth at 9.30am.

Friends and relatives of Austwick WI were welcomed to the December meeting where they were entertained by the Hapi Butterflies, a group of four ladies who sang Christmas favourites as well as reciting poems and sketches which included participation by members.

The next meeting on Thursday, January 8, will include a presentation entitled Becoming an Auctioneer by Edward Ogden.

A reminder that the Christmas lunch will take place on Tuesday, January, 13 at noon at The Traddock. If wishing to attend but not signed up please let Sue (51190) know as soon as possible.

At Austwick Church this Sunday, December 21, Holy Communion will be held at 9.30am with a Carol Service at 2pm.

At Eldroth Church at 7pm, the Carol Service and Nativity Play this year has a ‘what if’ theme showing just how miraculous the Christmas story, is written, produced and performed by people of Eldroth and Lawkland.

Several local farmers will inevitably be typecast as shepherds but they say they may struggle to find many wise people again this year. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to add to the seasonal atmosphere

On Monday, December 22, everyone is welcome to attend The Traddock by kind invitation of the Reynolds family for carol singing in the car park followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the lounge from 6.30pm – don’t forget a torch.

On Tuesday, December 23, Lawkland Young Farmers, aided by the vicar, will be carol singing around Austwick from 6.30pm.


Mary Taylor

Bentham Agricultural Society wishes to thank everyone who supported their annual coffee morning in Bentham Town Hall on November 29 which raised £367. The first of 12 raffle prizes was won by V Lawson; competition winners were M Harrison, M West and S Houghton.

At the annual meeting held in November officers elected were chairman John Dawson, secretary Val Lawson and treasurer Jillian Ashton.

The 16th Annual Quiz will be held on Friday, February 13, in Bentham Town Hall.

The Annual Show will be held on Saturday, September 5, at Bentham Auction Mart by kind permission of the directors of the Auction Mart.


Patricia Bradley

Today Thursday December 18 there will be a Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring their friends for a festive evening singing carols and socialising over mulled wine and mince pies.

The monthly meeting of the Holy Trinity Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on December 8 when the speaker was Barry Guise with an illustrated talk on Windmills of Britain.

Being December it was the meeting when ladies were present.

Mr Guise told how windmills were the most popular type of building in Britain and that 150 years ago there were 10,000 working in the country.

On December 9 Mrs Hazel Short, president of Bolton-le-Sands WI, welcomed everyone to what she 
hoped would be a festive evening.

Birthday wishes were sent to members unable to attend and acknowledgement was made of a Christmas card received from Gertie Simpson, who even though she is 100-years-old, still remembers her friends at the WI.

Members were entertained by Sue Jeeves with Christmas carols, songs and laughter who, together with friends gave an excellent selection of music and readings all of a festive nature accompanied by guitars, drums, bells and a steel drum.

At next month’s meeting the talk will be about the Westmorland Show and the competition will be for a farm animal.


Claire Helme

Members of the WI have had a busy time recently. Eight members visited the Guide Dog Training Centre at Atherton where they were shown how the dogs are trained and watched some of the trainee dogs put through their paces.

Also six members travelled to Tatton Park to see the house decorated on the theme of the Nutcracker ballet.

WI members, husbands and friends attended the Christmas dinner in the memorial hall. Members of the committee had decorated the tables and along with the Christmas tree the room looked very festive.

A delicious meal, prepared and served by Alison Thompson, was enjoyed and the evening ended with a fun quiz devised by Tony Johns.

At the meeting in January the resolutions will be discussed and there will also be a short DVD presentation. This will be followed by a Jacob’s join supper.

St Mary’s Church was beautifully decorated for the Carol Service last Sunday. The service was led by Father Damian Porter and Reader Annette Mackenzie. Local children sang and played carols on their various instruments and also carried the nativity figures up to the crib. Coffee and mince pies were provided in the memorial hall afterwards.

At the first meeting of the Inspire discussion group, set up by and held in St Mary’s Church, the topic of food banks and whether or not they are necessary or desirable was discussed.

Group leader Joyce Tombs asked the group to consider the issue.

It was decided to reinstate the box for collecting items for the Homeless Centre in St Mary’s and to arrange a event whereby the local community could highlight the issue of poverty in the area.

The Inspire discussion group meets in St Mary’s Church on the second Tuesday of the month at 11am.


Jay Barkley

Burton Singers’ Christmas Concert will be held at the hall on Saturday December 20, 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets cost £8 inclusive of mulled wine and nibbles and will be on sale at the village shop. All proceeds to North West Air Ambulance and South Lakes Age UK.

Burton Tennis Club’s Christmas bingo will be at the hall tomorrow Friday December 19 starting at 6.30pm.

Burton Singers’ Christmas concert, Let’s Celebrate Christmas, will be performed at the hall this Saturday December 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets available from the village shop.

The mobile library will next be at the hall car park on Monday, January 5.

More than 60 children from Years 3-6 attended the well organised annual Christmas party hosted by Burton Children’s Sports Committee.

Lots of energetic dancing was enjoyed by the children during this lively event which was supervised by committee and family members

There will be a Carol Service at St James’ Church this Sunday, December 21, at 6.30pm followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome.

The next Photo Society meeting will be at the hall on Friday, January 9, when the speaker will be Mike Atkinson.

Burton WI members enjoyed the annual Christmas party complete with a surprise visit from Father Christmas.

This was followed by a first rate performance by a section of the talented Burton Singers conducted by Val Still accompanied by Stuart Wickes and the evening ended with the singing of traditional carols.

The Children’s Society boxes this year raised £221.47.

Donations for the Royal British Legion given at the St James’ Remembrance Service amounted to £109.


Larry Branyan

A Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 21, at the Railway Club from 3pm to 6pm, £3 per child, ticket only with a limited number available. Fancy dress is optional and there will be a prize for the best boy and best girl costume. Tickets from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or from the Railway Club on 01524 732723.

A Christmas Bingo and Afternoon Tea, free for over 65s, will be held on Tuesday, December 23, from 3pm to 5pm, at the Railway Club. Tickets, which are limited, can be obtained from Gail Brown on 01524 730852 or the Railway Club on 01524 732723.

Carnforth Choral Society will be presenting the second of its two Christmas Concerts, an attractive mix of traditional and international carols, at Christ Church, Broadway, Morecambe, tonight Thursday December 18 starting at 7.30pm. Seasonal refreshments will be served. Tickets at £8 are available from Gill on 01524 730089.

Carnforth Rotary Club has been running its annual Christmas sleigh with Father Christmas visiting the Carnforth and the surrounding districts with one date left, tomorrow Friday, December 19, at 5.40pm at Warton Central.


Paul Woodruff

Mrs Janet Widdess gave an interesting talk entitled Being a Minister’s Wife to members of Halton URC Women’s Guild on December 10 when Mrs Meryl Tough chaired the meeting.

Footpath 1 Mill Lane is to be diverted, The movement is marginal to allow the current development with no adverse effect long term.

The Village Carol Service will be held at the URC Church, High Road, this Sunday, December 21, starting at 6.30pm and will be led by Rev Yolande Burns. At the church on Tuesday, December 23, at 9.30am there will be Advent prayers, all welcome.

Sing out at the community centre every Monday from 6.45pm to 8.45pm. Further information available from Tracy on 01524 848239.

Anyone with some time to spare to help volunteers to plant items donated to the Centre@Halton should contact Maureen on or 01524 811316.

Since it is now so popular, the Coffee Shop at The Centre will only be closed for a few days over the Christmas and New Year break this year – December 24/25/26, as well as December 31 and January 1.

Volunteers would be much appreciated for days around the festive season. Anyone who can spare some time please contact Rebecca on email:

The centre is also planning a work day over the festive season, on Saturday, January 3, to sort out new lights, do some painting and other necessary maintenance jobs.

It is hoped for volunteers on the day, from 10am.

Anyone who can spare some time would be very welcome. Please call Maureen to confirm availability and for more information.

The over 55s special Christmas lunch at the Centre@Halton on December 12 was attended by a record 35 people who very much enjoyed the wonderful traditional lunch and atmosphere.

They were also entertained by three and four-year-olds from the Pre-School singing favourite children’s songs, and then members of the Lune Valley Voices led the singing of well known Christmas carols.

A great time was had by all, with the event being rounded off by a presentation to Angela Kirby for all the many great meals she has provided all year.

There was also a vote of thanks for centre manager, Maureen Richardson, who organises the popular lunch series so well.


John Bateman

This year’s Santas’ Dash will be held this Sunday December 21, starting at 5pm. The dashers should start to gather at the start at Holme Club car park from 4pm with the dash started by Santa and Mrs Santa at 5pm.

The route will follow Station Road, Green Garth, Oxlands, through Duckett’s yard, across Milnthorpe Road on to Mayfield Avenue and Pear Tree Park before turning down North Road to do a loop of Trinity Drive and then through the Square to the finish on the Smithy Inn car park where Santa and Mrs Santa will present all dashers with a medal, a drink and a mince pie.

Hopefully, as last year, householders along the route will light the way with festive lights and curtains open and if anyone wishes to offer refreshments along the way they will be thoroughly appreciated by the dashers.

All dashers must collect their race number and Santa suit from the Smithy Inn either between 5pm and 7pm this Friday, December 19, or between 3pm and 7pm on Saturday December 20.

Don’t forget the two village Boxing Day events – the Boxing Day Walk starts outside the Smithy Inn at 10am and the Holme Bowling Club Annual Duck Race down the beck starts at 2pm. Don’t forget to buy a ticket to sponsor a duck.


Chris Kynch

The matinee of The Big Friendly Giant, by Hornby Drama Group, was performed for an excited audience of children, their parents and friends who had gathered at Hornby Institute.

The curtain rose to the first of many delightful sets and there was a hush as everyone waited for the BFG to appear – scary enough to keep younger ones on the edge of their chairs but not enough to be really frightening.

The cast, both adults and children alike, coped splendidly with a script full of comical and mischievously rude expressions, and no-one forgot their lines.

The technical back-up was excellent, with an ‘outside broadcast’ covering the situation as it unravelled, plus many other brilliant sound and visual effects.

The costumes, too, were imaginative and cleverly thought out. It was evident that both the actors and the audience were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

It was a great success and a tribute to all the hard work by everyone who was involved.

The Guide coffee morning raised £250 for Hornby Institute.

Village carol singing will start at 6.30pm outside St Margaret’s Church tonight Thursday, December 18, and on Sunday, December 21 and Monday, December 22. This 35 year tradition has raised money for the Lancaster Homeless Shelter with a record £747.34 last year.

Everyone is welcome to join and you do not even have to be able to sing, a large turn out helps the singing to be heard despite double glazing and blaring TVs.

Carol sheets are provided and there is the incentive of drinks and mince pies to warm up afterwards. Only warm clothes and torches are needed.

Little ones make it fun and they may be employed going door to door with collecting tins.


Caroline Thompson

The monthly whist drive was held in the Golden Lion. The winners for the ladies were M Davis, A Humphrey, D Pullen and J Welch. The gents’ winners were A Palmer (sub), V Jones (sub), S Hogg and M J Davis. The next whist drive will be held on January 13 at 7.30pm, everyone welcome.

There will be a service in St Oswald’s Church this Sunday, December 21, the fourth of Advent, which will take the form of a festival of lessons with carols. The service will begin at 6.30pm.

The first communion of Christmas will be held on Christmas Eve at 10pm (midnight in Bethlehem). The service will last for 50 minutes so everyone can be home before midnight so they do not disturb Santa’s deliveries.

There will be a Eucharist Service on Christmas Day at St Peter’s Church, Stainforth, for the combined parishes of Horton, Stainforth and Langcliffe. To complete the Christmas week, a Holy Communion will be held at St John’s Church, Langcliffe, again for the combined parishes.

There will be no bell ringing practice on Monday, December 22, but there will be ringing before the service on Sunday, December 21, at 6pm, and at 9.30pm on Christmas Eve,

Members of Pen-y-Ghent Gun Club met at High Birkwith Farm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs A Morphet and family. The shoot was a 30 bird sporting layout and E Sharpe and R Carr were the marshals.

R Bold was the winner with 25 kills, A McLernon and R Carr were in joint second position with 21 and E Sharpe was third with 20 but he claimed victory when he won the 10 bird pool shoot section after the main competition.

The next members’ shoot will be held this Sunday, December 21, in Horton Quarry at 1pm when the Andrew Chapman Memorial Cup will be up for grabs. Members please note that subscriptions will be due at this event.


Sue Brown

Ingleton Methodist Church provides a meal for people on their own on Christmas Day, anyone in need please get in touch.

Ingleborough WI held its annual meeting on December 8 when secretary Judith Christie gave a comprehensive resume of the year’s activities and Lynne Woodburn gave a satisfactory financial statement of her first year in office.

Dorothy Baines was thanked for producing the choral contributions to this year’s carol service and presented with a flowering plant.

President Sue Brown thanked everyone for their support during the year. The committee and president were re-elected en masse with the addition of Carol Mann and Jinny Jerome.

After a delicious Jacob’s join supper members played surprise dominoes.

This year the presentation meal will be a lunch to be held at Ireby Green Farm Cafe on Thursday, January 29, 12.30pm for 1pm. Members were reminded to take a gift in a jar. The January speaker will be Ken Green talking on Gardening for Wildlife and the competition will be a photo of a garden bird.

A jumble sale will be held on Saturday, January 31, at the Ingleborough Community Centre.

Susan Ellis thanked president Sue Brown for the splendid job done for the last five years. Sue said that this is to be her last year and members should think about her successor.

The Ingleton and Thornton Old People’s Welfare Committee entertained 108 over 70s and their partners at their Christmas meal and party.

Numerous donated raffle prizes were distributed. John and Judy Surridge then entertained with their many different musical instruments encouraging everyone to join in with singing Christmas carols.

Walter Tooby thanked John and Judy, everyone for attending and also all the volunteers who helped during the day and the ladies who baked such an assortment of delicious cakes, not forgetting the jolly band of – mainly – men who did all the washing up.

Bibby’s Coaches kindly transported people to and from the party with volunteer drivers taking the less able-bodied to their homes. Any local person over 70 who would like to be on the register should give their name in at the centre or to Elizabeth Culshaw.

A jumble sale to raise funds for the free summer outing will be held on Saturday, May 23.

There will not be a service at 10.30am this Sunday, December 21, at St Mary’s Church, instead everyone is invited to the Methodist Chapel for a United Nativity Service.

Later in the day there will be another United Service at St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm for the Carol Service with Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band and Dorothy playing the organ.

A Crib Service will be held at 4pm at St Mary’s with Midnight Communion starting at 11.15pm.

Lorraine Sullivan spoke to members at the start of the December meeting of the Ingleton Rural Community Association (IRCA) saying how important it is to have as many people as possible who are confident with the use of defibrillators and she asked for people to give their names if they would like to receive training.

The Post Office was discussed and it was agreed to ask a PO representative to attend a future IRCA meeting.

Treasurer Carol Capstick has resigned from the IRCA and the chairman commented on the excellent job she has done over many years.

The Christmas Bingo night was a great success with all ages enjoying the evening.

The Panto jumble sale raised £549.88 thanks to all, and the coffee morning when pantomime tickets will be on sale will be held on Saturday, January 17.

Next year’s North West Dahlia Society Show will be on September 2. The NSPCC had wonderful late night shopping with perfect weather.

Donations to the Splash Zone project at the swimming pool were £120 from the Country Harvest Shopping Extravaganza, £770 from Lisa Ward’s Fashion Show and Crafts Night, £200 from the Swimming Club Christmas Draw, £110 from Butterbergh Christmas lights and £110 from collection boxes in the shops in the village.

A big thank you was given to everyone for their help during the year.

Two people were congratulated – Walter Tooby won an award for services to the community and George Towler won a Dahlia Society award for his 35 years service.

Margaret Seaton won £20 in the 200 Club, Arthur Bateson came second with £10 and Pat Clowes, Malcolm Culshaw and Margaret Harper each won £5.


Janet Purvis

St Helen’s Church Services: Christingle and Eucharist Service on Sunday December 21, 10.45am, is in aid of the Children’s Society. Collection candles to be returned by December 21.

On Christmas Eve the Carol Service will start at 6pm and the Midnight Eucharist at 11.45pm. The Christmas Day Service will be held at 10.45am.

Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Eucharist Service at 9am on Christmas Day.

Junior Church will carol sing around the village on Monday, December 22, leaving the memorial hall, Overton, at 6pm. Please make them welcome and give support to raise funds for charity.

A basket to collect tinned and dried goods is in St Helen’s Church each week for the local food bank.

Information regarding Christmas services can be found on Please note there will be no Friends of St Helen’s meeting in December.


John Leach

This Sunday, December 21, at 2pm there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, when Terry Blackburn will speak on the subject The Bible teaching about the Coming Judgement. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

The village churches have organised an ecumenical carol singing around the village. Tonight, December 16, at 6.30pm, they will be at Hillcroft in Throstle Grove and at 7.45pm they will be at Greenroyd in Hest Bank Lane.

On Thursday December 18 at 6.30pm they will be at the Thorns on Coastal Road from where they will walk to the Hest Bank Hotel for Beer and Carols at 8pm.

This is part of The Big Sing with a collection for Christian Aid.

Anyone who would like to sing carols is welcome to join the group.

The December community coffee morning was run by St Luke’s Church. There were many stalls and at times the tables were full with coffee drinkers chatting.

The next community coffee morning will be held on Saturday January 3 from 10am to noon in the memorial hall.

It will be run by the hall management committee and will form part of the fund-raising for a defibrillator to be sited outside the hall.

More information about the defibrillator and how it is used will be available at the coffee morning.

The community coffee morning is not the only social event on the first weekend of January. There will be an afternoon tea 
party on Sunday, January 4, at 3.30pm in the church 

This will give people the opportunity to socialise as a village towards the end of the festive season and will raise money for the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service.

Any planning of floral splendour or increased vegetable yields was peripheral to the main purpose of the Horticultural Society meeting on the first Friday in December, as the society hosted a whist and domino drive.

Margaret Metcalfe won the games of whist with Mick Wilson winkling his way to second place, Barbara Norfolk third, Olive Spavin fourth with Colin Baxter bagging fifth place.

The games of dominoes were won by Isa Gibson with Eva Steel stepping into second place and Miya Bainbridge third, Ruth Staveley fourth and Gill Beswick fifth.


Paula Kendall

Christmas Services at St Oswald’s Church – Carol Service on Sunday, December 21, at 4pm followed by refreshments and the Christmas Day Communion Service will start at 9.30am.


Carol Millar

The annual Festival of Christmas Trees is taking place in St Oswald’s Church until this Sunday, December 21, open each day from 2pm to 4.30pm. Entrance by programme priced at £3 (accompanied children 

The festival will culminate in a traditional Christmas Carol Service led by the church choir on Sunday December 21 at 7pm.

Events during the festival include today Thursday December 18 from 2pm to 2.30pm Sheila Kelly sharing her poetry; Friday, December 19, from 2pm to 2.30pm an organ recital by Keith Worsman; and on Saturday, December 20, at 2pm story time with Santa.


Michael Rothwell

For the December meeting of the Mourholme Local History Society members and friends were invited to take along interesting photographs, one of which was a rare photo of the Matchless, the sinking of which in 1894 is the subject of a recent Mourholme publication.

A display of books and documents and a quiz contributed towards an enjoyable evening.

At the next meeting on Wednesday, January 28, at 7.30pm in Yealand Village Hall, Margaret Reid’s topic will be The Steamboats of Windermere. Visitors welcome.